Dr. Squat and others, hypnotherapy for athletes

Dr. Squat, I recall you mentioning about this before in an article or on a post and it really caught my eye because I have done a lot of studies about hypnotherapy over the last year, I heard Vince Anello was into that stuff, and I also considered playing with some mind games on myself in order to do better in the gym. I also noticed that Charles Bailey has a winners attitude that he learned since he was young, an attitude that would set him up to win. The great thing is that an athlete who doesn't already have such attitudes can actually choose to learn such attitueds that will better suit them, if they know how or if they know someone who knows how to teach them. Hypnosis can simply be just a rapid learning tool.
Anyways, here are some examples as to where I thought it might be helpful:
1) Removing limiting beliefs and replacing them with new beliefs to better suit the athletes needs.
2) Psyching techniques. Or just techniques to help for better focus during training or while doing the sport.
3) To help the athlete to relax better during recovery time.
4) To change various patterns that will help to suit the athlete better such as eating or sleeping habits.

This is not new stuff. I hear some of the best hypnotists in the world have worked on various athletes and I have heard short stories about how they have been able to help out. But I have not heard much about the specifics of this and how they use it with athletes. But I actually do have some good knowledge, enough to come up with some descent ideas as to how to change beliefs and things like that; that's dirt easy.

Well, I just thought it would be a good topic, especially since I know Dr. Squat knows a thing or two about psychology. Any thoughts? Anyone know of any good sources?

Dr. Squat and others, hypnotherapy for athletes

I have always been a proponent of hypnotherapy, and (especially) self-hypnosis for athletes. I have come to understand more over the past few years, however.

These techniques can help intermediate athletes overcome certain mental barriers. Even some gifted athletes. But there is an end to its usefulness, and it comes when you transcend the need for making excuses for your failures. This happens when you 1) understand your weaknesses and 2) come to realize exactly what it will take to eliminate them and 3) then do what it takes.

If a hypnotherapist has ANY goal for his/her client, it is this: promote absolute trust in what it is you are doing to achieve success. I mean ABSOLUTE!

Dr. Squat and others, hypnotherapy for athletes

That is some very useful information! Actually I remember in a book I read there was an example where many years ago Milton Erickson did that with the American riffle team to get them to win. He knew and admitted that he knew nothing about shooting. But he put the responsibility in their hands and within the theraputic session he told them that they were the ones who knew what to do. And they won a contest against the other teams who had previously beaten them.
So this would explain why some of these athletes do so well such as Charles Bailey. He has a simple method that works for him. And he has a winners additude. That is all he needs. He already has the beliefs that are needed to win.
With that in mind I think sometimes the answer can be very simple. For example, for me I actually trust the people at the gym I go to 100%. I know that if my shoulder can handle it, if I do exactly what they say then my bench press will go up and become my best lift. In that sense, having a teacher who you can believe in will actually have a hypnotic effect in itself, something much more powerful than what even the best hypnotherapist can do.
And this can also explain why all the times when I made the best gains in my life it was when I had a program written by someone else and I trusted it 100% and put 100% effort into it. I have made good gains with my own designs and I believe them to be good, but I often end up loosing focus that way, slacking off, or changing things too much.
So often these days with information so vast, folks are always asking for a better way to do things, a better exercise or a better exercise program. While a newbie might just need to be given a good program and sent on their marry way, a well knowledgable athlete might need something else. If they come and ask what is wrong with there training, there might be a better question. That is, what is your focus like. Is the athlete focused 100% on their training and putting in 100% effort? That was my problem lately this year, and that is why I decided to go to a different gym where the competitive athletes go.

Dr. Squat and others, hypnotherapy for athletes

A friend of mine, who knows NOTHING about training, was asked, "Why is it that, no mattert what we do, we cannot win?" Said he, "You ask the wrong question! Ask instead, 'What must we do to win!'"

Dr. Squat and others, hypnotherapy for athletes

I agree, it is theraputic for progressive lifts. Some people hit a milestone such as a 300 pound bench and stop because they do not know they can go on (probably an older goal from youth in some cases). I will say one thing, if you feel very relaxed to the point of sleep after hypnosis there is a possibility you need more sleep and are possibly overtraining.

THe older I get the more knowledgable I am too the importance of sleep, diet, and lifestyle habbits. I will not eat much non-organic foods now.

A friend of mine, who knows

A friend of mine, who knows NOTHING about training, was asked, "Why is it that, no mattert what we do, we cannot win?" Said he, "You ask the wrong question! Ask instead, 'What must we do to win!'"

This is pure gold! Encapsulates everything I believe about knowledge and attitude for achieving goals.